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[Humboldt County, CA] The Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center (SHCOC) is proud to announce the results of the recent 2nd Annual Fireman’s Ball at the Benbow Historic Inn, which raised more than $3,000.00.  The Briceland Volunteer Fire Department was announced as the drawing winner for the pot of money.  Tanya and Greg Musgrave, in conjunction with Julia Morgan Redwood Grove (JMRG), having learned of the results, wished to extend further contributions to the remaining fire departments who participated in the event.  The SHCOC has received a $9,000.00 donation from the Musgraves to be split equally among the other seven volunteer fire departments in attendance.

Tanya Musgrave, JMRG, stated, “Our local fire departments are a critical component of community services. We wish to recognize the efforts made by SHCOC to support these services by providing a triple match donation to the event participants.” She emphasized the significance and importance of all Volunteer Fire Fighting organizations in the rural areas and wanted to show their gratitude towards the seven other local Volunteer Fire Departments that participated by making a donation to each of them.

Each of the seven Volunteer Fire Departments that were present will receive a donation of $1,286.00, which the SHCOC will distribute. These departments are Redway Fire Protection District, Whitethorn Fire Protection District, Garberville Fire Protection District, Salmon Creek VFD, Telegraph Ridge VFD, Miranda VFD, and Sprowel Creek VFD.

Yvonne Hendrix, Executive Director of the SHCOC, stated, “The Fireman’s Ball was established to unite the community and show gratitude towards the firefighters and their teams. In addition, the event serves as an opportunity to raise significant funds for supporting a local fire department.” Ms. Hendrix went on to say, “We hope to grow the event and be able to award donations to multiple organizations annually. The Musgraves helped us achieve that goal this year, and we are overwhelmed by this extremely generous donation.”

ABOUT JMRG: The Julia Morgan Redwood Grove is a historic estate located in Benbow that provides historic tours, charity fundraisers, and lodging and is an exclusive wedding venue.  The property was originally commissioned by Margaret Stewart, a San Francisco Hotel heiress, in 1926. The renowned architect Julia Morgan, who also worked on Hearst Castle in California, designed it. This remarkable estate, renovated in 2000, captures the essence of the natural beauty and original perspective Julia Morgan emulated during the original project with stunning scenery, lush landscaping, vibrant water, and majestic redwoods.

ABOUT SHCOC: The Visitor’s Center, situated at the southern entrance of Humboldt, is the first stop for tourists. It has been proudly serving the community since 1941. Over the years, we have evolved alongside Southern Humboldt, and our objective is to represent and endorse the entire region, including the county line ranch to the south, Shelter Cove to the west, Blocksburg to the east, Rio Dell to the north, and all the areas in between. Our Chamber of Commerce is committed to offering valuable assistance to small businesses in our communities and acting as a trustworthy resource for the community. Furthermore, as a Visitor Center, we offer assistance to thousands of tourists through various means, including phone calls, emails, and walk-ins.